This Sunday, seven men will enter the Elimination Chamber. Only one man emerges victorious, and he goes on to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. Seems simple. What could possibly go wrong?
The answer is “quite a lot, actually.” While the Chamber isn’t the most complicated thing in theory, lots of things can go wrong. Just look at the Elimination Chamber match for the Intercontinental Championship. That was then, though, and this is now. What’s the worst that could possibly happen?
It’s happened before. Maybe not in the Chamber, but it has happened before. Assume Roman Reigns is the planned winner of the match. During a sequence where everyone else hits their finishers on him, he legitimately gets knocked out and doesn’t kick out when someone covers him. What then?
The referee and the rest of the wrestlers left inside the Elimination Chamber will be sent into a frenzy, and Vince McMahon will probably spontaneously develop an ulcer if such a thing were to happen. It would be even worse if the unplanned elimination happens between the last two competitors in the ring. A new and unprepared Number One contender will be crowned.
If this were to happen, there are a few ways to go about this. One would be to have the actual winner challenge the dude to a match for the Wrestlemania spot and then beat him, thus negating the previous 24 hours. You could also roll with it and have the dude lose to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. Possibilities.
The timer counts down. Three, two, one. The spotlight lands on the Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman! There’s just one tiny problem: Strowman is stuck in his pod.
Maybe it won’t open. Maybe the lock broke. Heck, maybe Strowman was so big that he couldn’t physically fit in the pod. What’s important is that he can’t get out.
Instead of an awesome sequence where Strowman goes on a path of destruction and beats the hell out of whoever’s in the ring, the referees are instead trying to get the Mountain of a Man out of the lexan pod. At one point, the other wrestlers try to help out as well, but to no avail. Strowman is stuck.
Eventually, he gets eliminated by forfeit and becomes known as “that guy who got stuck in his Elimination Chamber pod.”
The gates open, and fans rush into the stadium, excited to see the 100 Million Miles of Chain-Link™. They look to the ceiling, and instead, they see the Hell in a Cell structure.
In a super duper rare miscommunication, the logistics team accidentally brought the wrong Demonic Structure. What will this mean for the various superstars who are to compete inside the Chamber?
During the actual Chamber match, the other superstars just kind of stand outside the ring and don’t do anything. They’re waiting for their turn to enter the match. Timer goes off, and the spotlight just kind of shines on one particular wrestler.
The wrestlers and fans are disappointed because they were misled and deceived. They wanted to see a Chamber, and instead they have to settle for just Hell in a Cell. Absolutely preposterous.
Just a reminder, all. Jack Swagger is undefeated in Elimination Chamber matches. He has a 100% win rate in the 100 Thousand Million Tons of Chain-Link™. He beat Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Kane, and Daniel Bryan. But this isn’t what I’m talking about.
After winning the Chamber and earning a World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania, Swagger got busted with weed in his car. When Wrestlemania came, Swagger lost his title match. I’m not even sure if he got a televised entrance.
If the same thing were to happen to this year’s winner, it would mean another year of Brock Lesnar as Universal Champion, and I don’t really know if anyone wants that.